Handmade Gifts: How to Make DIY Soy Candles


We are back today, rockin’ the holidays again with simply and easy ideas.


And today, we are all about handmade gifts and I would like to share a super easy way to make DIY soy candles.


And it really is super easy.


-Bag of soy candle wax (comes in flakes). I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but other stores carry it. It can also be found on line (Etsy is a good option). I purchased a two pound bag.

– Candle Fragrance – same as above, I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but they can be found online. I chose lavender, but whatever your personal scent choice is works.

– Wicks – Again, from HL. I choose pre-cut ones covered in wax with a metal base. The benefit of this type is the stand up without having to be secured.

– A heat safe containers. I used small mason jars.

– A heat safe container to melt the wax in and oven gloves.

– Cupcake liners and decorative trim.



1. Measure out your wax into the heat safe container. I started with 1 cup of flakes.

2. Melt in the microwave. My microwave is pretty wimpy, so I melted it on high for about 2.5 minutes and that worked perfectly. Test it out and keep an eye on it.

3. Add about 10 drops (or more, depends on the level of fragrance you want) of fragrance oil to your melted wax.


4. Add a small amount of wax to the bottom of your container and place the wick in place.

5. Leave it alone until the wax sets up and holds the wick in place – anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.

6. Fill the container the rest of the way.

7. Leave it for a few hours. Once completely set, trim the wick down to size.


Place the circle lid on top of the candle, and it the spirit of keeping it simple, place a cupcake liner on the top and screw on the cap. Add trim and decorative elements and tags as desired. I chose to use a some baker’s twine, green ribbon, dried lavender and rosemary sprigs.


It is a really easy process to set up and do several at once and cross some gifts off of your lists.   And to cross more ideas off of your lists, visit these lovely ideas…

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day.



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23 thoughts on “Handmade Gifts: How to Make DIY Soy Candles”


  1. This is gorgeous and what a great gift this would make for just about everyone! Your tutorial is SPOT ON!!!! Looks like it came from a high end boutique! I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for the inspiration and I adore partying with you…Keep on Rockin’ the Holidays…you sure have STYLE!!!! hugs…

  2. This is such a elegant yet simple gift that looks anything but homemade! I would love to try it in a peppermint scent for Christmas. Your tutorial is really easy to follow so I shouldn’t have any problems. Thanks again Laura for a great gift idea. Stay warm!!

  3. Thank you for this beautiful gift idea! I have many teacher and coworker gifts to give and this is absolutely perfect.

  4. I’ve always wanted to make my own candles…I think I’ll have to give it a shot now! I’m including your tutorial in my Lovely Links this week. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. These are so pretty. I love making soy candles because they are so easy to make. I’ve started using the wood wicks though. Even though they cost a little more it’s worth not having to fight to keep the cotton wicks in the right spot and then of course there’s the difference in the burn. Thanks for sharing this. I love how you packaged these~

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  7. Quick question, when you’ve poured some of the wax into the container and let it dry to hold the wick, does that also dry the wax that’s in the container you heated it in? Do you need to re-heat it within those 5 – 10 minutes?

    This is the most straight-forward recipe I’ve read so far so thank you for all the tips!

  8. Hi- I like your soy candle instructions but I was wondering how many candles you get out of the two pound bag of flakes you bought? Thanks!

  9. Hi! I made soy wax candles and two things happened =(

    1) The finish wasn’t as neat as yours (lumps and holes at the surface and inside)
    2) When lit, the melted wax or pool was too deep, almost half of the jar….

    How can I avoid this?


    1. I am not sure what happened with your candles. Mine was a pretty simple process with no issues. The only thing I can figure is it might have been in the actual wax that you used. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!